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Thank you

Dear Friends & Family,

Thank you all so much for your encouragement, prayers and support for our family and for the ministry we support, Vision for Chile, over the past year.  What an unbelievable year it has been!  We are in constant awe of the miracles and blessings that take place on a daily basis as we work with this ministry in Chile. It’s because of the generosity and commitment of people like you that young one’s lives are being changed in La Pintana, Chile.  What a blessing for us to witness this change!  Social class barriers are being broken, poverty is declining and generational abuse is lessening.  We are seeing more children learning about the love of Christ, and living for Him in the midst of their sometimes dismal circumstances.  We are seeing young ladies in the House of Hope growing in their faith, learning English, healing from their past wounds, working towards their university education, and mentoring other children who come from similar backgrounds.

 

But there’s still more work to be done.  Our goal, at Vision for Chile, is to add at least 4 more young ladies to the House of Hope in 2013.  We are also working towards reaching out to more ministries, schools and churches to grow the number of children we are assisting, which is currently more than 500.  If you have been touched by this ministry or feel led to help, it’s still not too late to make a year-end, tax deductible donation.  Please consider sponsoring a House of Hope girl and help us continue to add more young ladies into the program in the future.  You may visit our website or click at Donate for more information.  

 

Also, please take a moment to watch our family video.  Thank you!  We wish you all the best for an amazing 2013!

 

Video Link:  

http://youtu.be/JNeNnKJdKyo

 

God Bless You!

The Galatoire’s

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Pastor John Joseph Wilkins

John Joseph Wilkins

Born June 5th, 1943 / Died December 25th, 2012

Dear Friends and Family of Vision for Chile:

Today we have very sad news to bring to you. Our friend, our brother in Christ and our Pastor has died. John was a part of our ministry from the very beginning. We will miss him very much.

John died in a hospital in San Antonio Texas on Christmas day from complications of his diabetes. Please pray for his wife Stephanie and his family. As we get more details, we will get them to you. John was a close friend. His death has overwhelmed me. I praise God for knowing John and having the honor of being his friend.

With love and gratitude,

Tom Orme

 

 

link to the song “THE CLAY SONG” 

 

 

Update 5 On the Job 2012.

 

Dear Friends, we greet you from sunny Santiago.  Our last few days we have been blessed with great weather.

The roof is going up!  The rafters are all in place and a third of the tin sheets are in place.  With our limited crew God has given them limitless perserverance. God bless them!  The painting in the caretakers house is almost done.

Our special treat has been the 2 evenings we have spent at the Feeding Program run by Pastor Andrea and her family.  These ´street children´are so precious.  Here they are taught manners, values and the love of Jesus.

 

Pastor Andrea has the unique opportunity this morning to meet with the president of Chile and we pray that her program will continue to serve and bless the La Pintana community.  Be in prayer for Johnny today as he heads home.  He is in great pain.  He has blessed us so much with his talents and Christian spirit.

Bless the girls of the HOH and that we may complete the work as required.

Cindy

To donate, please  click here “Donate Now” and complete the information for secure online transactions.  Or send a check by mail to Vision for Chile, 1176 Olde Cameron Lane, Franklin, TN  37067

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Team 1 – Update 3

Team 1 – Update 3

 October 16-17:   Two full days of work, work, work!  Words cannot begin to describe what this small team has accomplished in the past nine days.  The second floor is completely floored, stairs are finished, and walls are going up!  In fact, we are amazed at what God is doing—having to order lumber seems almost a constant job (and unloading the trucks when they come!) and boxes of nails disappear as well.  We are grateful for good weather and for God’s faithfulness.

 

October 17:  We are starting our days with some surprises!  Our very own House of Hope girls are giving their testimonies each morning during our devotional time.  Today we heard of God’s grace to and through Estefania.  What a beautiful daughter of God!  Stefi is studying to become a teacher and is burdened for kids in our neighborhood schools.

 

October 18:  Lissette shared during devotions this morning; she also is studying to become a teacher.  Although she wanted her testimony to be translated by Diane, Lissette’s English has really improved and she could have done most of her presentation by herself!

Once again we joined the feeding program at Las Parcelas for dinner on Thursday evening.  That was another exciting experience to watch as the kids stood up to say their Bible verses—and then trying to converse with them at dinner time (they want to practice their English!  As far as the worksite goes, by the end of today (Thursday) the second floor exterior walls were all up and some of the interior walls were in place!

 

October 19:   This morning was Kathy Cerda’s turn.  We are overwhelmed by just how godly this young woman is becoming!  She is studying nursing in school and truly has a heart of compassion for people.

By 9:00 am the people here for Team 1 were riding on a bus and headed out of town.  What a day—what a sight!  The mountains were truly awe inspiring.  BUT the promised thermal spring pool, was NOT HOT (or warm for that matter)!  There were a few brave souls who tested it out, though.  Bill, Tom, Tall Lee, Jessica and Debby chose to watch as Bob, Bety, Rachel, Daniel and Anais played in the cool pool.  (It was about 83 degrees which was much warmer than the snow melt!)

Meanwhile back at the ranch…Kerry, Short Lee, David and Johnny finished all the hallway walls, more room partitions and had everything ready for our 20 plus construction volunteers to appear on Saturday morning.

 

October 20:  And appear they did!  It sounded a lot like an attack of woodpeckers on Saturday morning as a busload of workers came to Casa Esperanza!  About 50 people came—half construction helpers and half over at Las Parcelas for a special time with the street kids.  When the hotdogs came out at lunch we were all ready for them!  Cynthia, Damy, and Claudia helped with the children’s program while Stefi, Kathy, and Lilo were kitchen/cleaning assistants. 

We were also happy to welcome Diane, who flew in a day early for Team 2.  So lastly, Team 1 packed their bags and rode the van over to the airport, and is on their way home.  Yep, with modern technology, we’re writing this update while waiting in Atlanta’s airport for a connecting flight!

BUT Team 2 is on the job!  Continue praying for God’s faithfulness to all of those who are involved in the ministry of Vision for Chile.

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Vision for Chile on the job – October 2012

HOLA from sunny La Pintana, Chile.   Team 1, all eight of us, have settled into our temporary home here at the House of Hope!  Today is Wednesday, October 10, 2012.   That means today is officially DAY 3 for TEAM 1.  We welcome you to follow our progress in the days ahead as we seek to serve our gracious God who has allowed us to come to the House of Hope and minister to “our” girls!

Monday, October 8, Day 1:  This was NOT a sunny day; in fact, the morning truly was very chilly in Chile AND rainy.  But God is good!  The rain stopped. Bill cracked his whip and work was organized…AND by the end of the day, a wall was built and in place!  Bob is at the chop saw while Tall Lee hammers away along with Short Lee.  Rachel and Diane have carried many a 2 x 4 (wet, rough, full 2 x 4’s) and have been hammering as well.  We are happy to have Willy working along with us, too.  He is a joy to have working alongside of us.

Tuesday, October 9, Day 2:  A bright, sunny morning!  With a smile on His face, God decided not to deliver necessary supplies for the Chilean sewer workers.  SO, they decided that rather than standing around doing nothing, they would help build walls, too.  When you have a relatively small team (but ready, willing, and able!), any other bodies that are carrying wood are a true blessing!  Our downside today:  Diane, who is our intern at HoH and fellow team member for this month, was hit by a stomach bug and was out for the count!  Pray for her health to return so she can return to her ministries here.

Wednesday, October 10, Day 3:  After our yummy, hot breakfast this morning, we were greatly blessed to have our morning worship team minister—Rachel, one of our team members, sings with Kathy Cerda and Lissette playing guitar (and singing, too).  The girls are doing a wonderful job!  Most of the girls are at school or involved in doing their practicum (student teaching, nursing, etc.) during the day.  But when they ARE here, they can be found out at the worksite or helping in the kitchen, too!  ALL of them make us grateful to serve them!

By the end of today, it looks like ALL the exterior walls on the first floor may be standing!   We even have El Jeffe Bill down on his knees working as the walls are laid out.

 

Praise the Lord with us and we continue on—and you please continue to pray for safety, good working weather, wisdom and building relationships.  We pray for our families and friends back home every morning—thanks to your prayers in return, we can be here doing what we’re doing!

To donate, please  click here “Donate Now” and complete the information for secure online transactions.  Or send a check by mail to Vision for Chile, 1176 Olde Cameron Lane, Franklin, TN  37067

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